Another New York Wage and Hour Violations Case Puts Iron Chef Morimoto in Hot Seat
This August 31 newyork.grubstreet.com article discusses yet another high profile New York wage and hour violations case brought by Joseph & Kirschenbaum’s own Maimon Kirschenbaum – this time against the prestigious restaurant Morimoto. The article boils down the case being filed on behalf of Jose Bueno – who worked for 3 ½ years as a bar back at the restaurant. Bueno claims that management kept a percentage of his gratuities and shared tip money that should have been his with a silver polisher – a non-service employee. According to the law, non-service employees should not be allowed to participate in such a tip pool.
Attorney Kirschenbaum was quoted in the article: “The silver polisher should be well paid just like the chef and dish washer… but the customer is leaving a tip for the waiter and the tip is the waiter’s tip.” In response to questions about the sheer volume of New York wage and hour violations cases that Kirschenbaum has filed recently, Kirschenbaum said that, although the lawsuits may be in a sense “repetitive,” they are justified because “sharing tips with management and non-service employees and taking parts of mandatory gratuities are blatantly illegal practices.”